31 May 2015 England women in strong challenge at St Rule Trophy England women internationals, led by Bethan Popel, filled three of the top five places in the St Rule Trophy at St Andrews – and came within a whisker of winning the Nations Cup. They couldn’t catch the winner, 17-year-old Aditi Ashok, from Bangalore, India, who shot 10-under for the 54-hole event on the New and Old courses. But Popel (Long Ashton) was runner-up, Hollie Muse (West Lancashire) was third and India Clyburn (Woodhall Spa) tied fourth. In addition, Sammie Giles (St Mellion) also beat par to tie sixth and the England team of Clyburn, Muse and Gemma Clews (Delamere Forest) tied for the Nations Cup. However, Scotland pipped them to the title on countback, with the better last-round aggregate: 153 to 154. Ashok led from start to finish, building the platform for a notable win by equalling the New Course women’s amateur record of eight-under-par 67 in her first round on Saturday. She went three shots clear of the field with a second-round 71, also over the New, to be 12-under-par coming into the final round over the Old Course. The final day brought mixed weather, heavy overnight rain lingering on well into the morning, to be replaced by sunshine and a wind that touched the 40mph mark in mid-afternoon. Popel snapped at the winner’s heels until she bogeyed the 16th and took a double bogey at the Road Hole 17th where she was in the greenside bunker in two. However, she finished one shot ahead of Muse who won the Scottish U16 title at Strathmore in April. Muse had a tough start to the final round, hitting her approach shot out of bounds at the first hole, en route to a double bogey, and she took three-over par 41 to reach the turn. But she battled on, and salvaged a very respectable two-over 78 in the high wind to finish third. She was also runner-up to Ashok in the Under-18s’ Lawson Trophy. Leading final scores ST RULE TROPHY St Andrews Par 226 (New Course 2 x 75, Old Course 1 x 76) CSS: New Course 76 75; Old Course 76 216 A Ashok (India) 67 71 78 221 B Popel (Long Ashton) 69 72 80 222 H Muse (West Lancashire) 74 70 78 223 I Clyburn (Woodhall Spa) 75 72 76, C De Corte (Belgium) 74 73 76 225 S McWilliam (Aboyne) 70 78 77, S Giles (St Mellion) 74 73 78 Caption (from left): Bethan Popel, Hollie Muse and winner Aditi Ashok on Swilken Bridge at Old Course, with the grandstands for The Open in the background. (Image © Cal Carson Golf Agency)
Breeders’ Cup will release a complete event recap with total handle, including separate pools, early next week. “The Breeders’ Cup exists to showcase the very best of Thoroughbred racing and we witnessed that over the last two days,” Breeders’ Cup President and CEO Craig Fravel said. “We want to thank racing fans here and around the world for watching and wagering on our event. Santa Anita showed again why it is such a spectacular venue for our championships and we also want to thank our hosts from the Stronach Group, its staff, our volunteers and the cites of Arcadia and Pasadena.” Common-pool wagering on Saturday’s 12-race Breeders’ Cup card was $109,055,897, a 3.2% increase over the $105,625,491 wagered in 2015. Common-pool wagering for the two days was $159,991,803 an increase of 6.25% over the $150,574,656 total in 2015. Breeders’ Cup Two-Day Attendance and Handle (common-pool) history:2016, Santa Anita Park – 118,484; $157,541,7372015, Keeneland Race Course – 94,652; $150,574,6562014, Santa Anita Park – 98,319; $151,794,1742013, Santa Anita Park – 94,628; $160,704,877 (includes separate pools)2012, Santa Anita Park – 89,742; $144,272,3322011, Churchill Downs – 105,820; $161,512,8672010, Churchill Downs – 114,353; $173,857,6972009, Santa Anita Park – 96,496; $153,271,1762008, Santa Anita Park – 86,588; $155,740,3282007, Monmouth Park – 69,584; $129,197,262 Saturday’s attendance at Santa Anita was the highest for any Breeders’ Cup day since 72,730 were on hand at Churchill Downs in 2010 to see legendary race mare Zenyatta in the final race of her career. The two-day attendance for 2016 was 118,484, the highest in Breeders’ Cup history. ARCADIA, Calif. (Nov. 5, 2016) – A crowd of 72,811, the highest single-day attendance for a Breeders’ Cup since the event switched to a two-day format, cheered on as blossoming 3-year-old star, Juddmonte Farms’ Arrogate, bested hometown favorite California Chrome, North America’s richest racehorse, at the wire to win the $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic today at Santa Anita Park. Saturday’s on-track handle was $13,515,269, an increase of 3.5% over last year’s on-track handle at Keeneland. The on-track handle at Santa Anita for the two days was $20,694,235.
Ugo Ehiogu Former Aston Villa and Middlesbrough defender Ugo Ehiogu has been appointed Tottenham’s new Under-21 coach.The 41-year-old, who has been working at the club’s academy on a part-time basis, played 240 times in the Premier League for Villa and earned four caps for England.Ehiogu will be assisted by Matthew Wells, who is a former Spurs youth player and steps up from coaching the Under-15s, the club announced on their official website.Earlier this week, Tottenham announced former captain Ledley King has also been handed an official role with the academy, coaching the club’s Under-18s on a part-time basis. 1
Will NFL suspend Brown forunsportsmanlike conduct?Re: “Don’t expect Antonio Brown’s social media silence to last” (Mercurynews.com, April 11):I was outraged when I read that Antonio Brown was talking trash to JuJu Smith-Schuster, his former Pittsburgh Steelers teammate.JuJu has been supportive of Brown since Day 1. The duo were very effective at tearing down defenses and scoring touchdowns. JuJu even stood up for Brown when a defensive player tackled Brown illegally.The National Football …
Klay Thompson subscribes. You can too for just 11 cents a day for 11 months + receive a free Warriors Championship book. Sign me up!OAKLAND – Steve Kerr took the bait. After pledging all series long to his players not to pay attention to Patrick Beverley’s antics, the Warriors’ coach could not resist giving him some bulletin board material.OAKLAND, CA – APRIL 24: Golden State Warriors’ Draymond Green (23) shoots a layup against Los Angeles Clippers’ Patrick Beverley (21) in the third quarter …
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. – Peyton Manning impressively knows the history of 49ers quarterbacks, and he’s entertainingly sharing it through an ESPN+ and NFL Films project commemorating the NFL’s 100th season.He’s sat with Joe Montana at Bill Walsh’s original desk inside the 49ers Museum. He’s tossed passes with Steve Young while lamenting the dearth of left-handed quarterbacks. And he’s marveled at John Brodie’s and Y.A. Tittle’s pioneering exploits at Kezar Stadium.As great a storyteller as Manning …
26 May 2014The Comrades Marathon Association (CMA) will be hosting about 200 delegates from around the world at the 20th World Congress of AIMS (the Association of International Marathons and Distance Races) in Durban this week.The delegates will represent several of the greatest marathons and distance races in the world at the forthcoming gathering, which runs from 29 to 31 May, ahead of the 89th Comrades Marathon, an “up” run, from Durban to Pietermaritzburg, which takes place on 1 June.‘Relevant theme’Cheryl Winn, the 20th World Congress of AIMS Chairperson, said in a statement on Friday: “We are excited about hosting the Congress. This will be a first for our country and the continent; and with a very relevant theme for the Congress being: Africa – Home of Distance Runners.The congress includes delegates from every continent, with a total of 41 countries represented.Promoting and upliftingFrom Athens, Berlin, Beijing and Boston to Canberra, Cape Town, Casablanca and Colombo, top international marathons will be participating in the forum, which is aimed at facilitating the exchange of information, knowledge, expertise, ideas and innovations to improve the quality of member events and generally promote and uplift the staging of marathons and the sport of road running around the globe.Relatively short races, such as The World’s Best 10km in Puerto Rico and Morocco’s 10km Marrakech International, will be represented, as well as an ultra-distance race like the Lake Saroma 100km in Japan, which together with the Comrades Marathon and Two Oceans make up the only three ultra-marathons attending the Congress.Special invitationsParticipation in the Congress is limited to bona fide representatives of AIMS-affiliated events, but as the host organisers, the CMA has been given special dispensation to invite a select number of non-AIMS affiliated races to attend as observers. They have thus extended invitations to the Soweto, City to City, Loskop, Om die Dam, Knysna and Zululand Marathons, with a view to them being exposed to the benefits of joining AIMS in the future.AIMS-affiliated South African road running races which will be represented include the Two Oceans, Peninsula, Cape Town, Maritzburg and Mandela Day Marathons.WelcomeAmong the dignitaries welcoming the AIMS delegates will be the Premier of KwaZulu- Natal, Senzo Mchunu, who will officially open the Congress on Thursday, 29 May, while the Msunduzi Mayor Chris Ndlela will host the AIMS Board at a Mayoral Dinner on Tuesday, 27 May.The eThekwini Mayor, James Nxumalo, will welcome all delegates at a Civic Welcome Function on Wednesday, 28 May, and the MEC for the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Sport and Recreation, Ntombikayise Sibidhla-Saphethe will give the keynote address at the Legends Gala Dinner on Friday, 30 May.SAinfo reporter
Chennai, Nov 25 (PTI) Tamil Nadus Sethu Football Club began its campaign in the Group “A” of Indian Womens League qualifying tournament, with a 16-0 rout of Baroda FA at Kolhapur today.The Madurai-based team led 8-0 at half-time and pumped in eight more in the second half, a press release said.Striker R Sumithra netted six goals, including a hat-trick, Velanie Fernandes scored three, Puja Karmakar and M Nandhini scored two each while Laura Estibeiro, Manisha and A Karthika also found the net.”This is a great start for our team and we hope to carry the momentum into our next game,” coach Kalpana Dass said.”Its exciting to have scored six (goals),” said Sumithra, who hails from Thiruvarur and has turned out for the state in the national championships.”We have been working methodically at practice. Our aim is to qualify,” she added.Sethu FC next plays J&K State Sports Councilï¿½on November 27 in what is now a five-team group following the withdrawal of Capital Complex Sporting Club. PTI SS BN
Ben Hirsch’s incredible journey from Clifton Hill to Getafeby Chris Sermeno11 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveIt’s game day, and you’re dressed from head to toe in team apparel, thinking of the game that lies ahead… The team bus is pulling into the stadium while crowds of fans mob the entrance, clamouring over each other with cameras and phones in hope of catching a glimpse of their idols through the windows. After a briefing in the change rooms, you lace up your brand new, personalised boots and take to the lush green pitch with your teammates, standing side by side while the adoring public chants and cheers, the spotlights flood the stadium with a brilliant white light for the game that awaits.What would it be like to be a world class footballer? We dream of what we would do with the money, the fame, the global outreach and the millions of adoring fans.While football is enjoyed by millions across the world, few really understand the hard work, career deciding choices and life altering sacrifices that’s required to make it to the professional scene. Australian footballer Ben Hirsch experienced the tough side of football that many of us don’t see. His stories from the humble suburbs of Melbourne to the cutthroat nature of the Spanish system has changed my views of becoming a professional footballer.-I was lucky enough to sit with Ben Hirsh for nearly two hours talking all things football. Apart from being a humble person, his insight and experience was rather unique, and relatable for a lot of young footballers.Ben was a reserved teen playing for Clifton Hill in the lower state tiers of Australian football. Granted, it’s better than your average Sunday league, but hardly of substance for those wanting to make huge leaps and bounds in the world of football. Ben was playing as a reliable left back for his side when he was scouted to train and play at a football academy in Madrid. As with any young player, a move to Europe for football sounds like a dream. In Ben’s case, the dream wouldn’t wait, he was asked to board a plane just a few days later.The two years that would follow had it all, the facilities, the first team treatment, the nerves and challenges of experiencing a new country that he wasn’t familiar with, injuries, and everything you can possibly imagine with being a pro footballer. His introduction to Spain was, in true Spanish fashion, rather direct and blunt. His chauffeur had nothing to go by but a picture of Ben, and they were unable to communicate due to the language barrier. His nerves were high as the driver took him to meet his agent.”Ready to train?”Sure enough, straight off a long flight to Madrid, an unfamiliar cab ride and he was still expected to come dressed to his first training session. There was no sympathy for jet lag, or culture shock. As an aspiring athlete you aren’t afforded such luxuries as a break like the international players.Ben recalls fond memories of his time at the academy, where his teammates welcomed him as one of their own. The share housing filled with aspiring footballers from around the world and local footballers trying to work their way up the Spanish system.”A few of them spoke English so I got to know them pretty well. It was like a family, we’d train together, eat together, live together. Everyone was always on the path for the same goal, to become a professional footballer and we all encouraged each other to keep playing our best and striving for more.”Language was one of the first barriers to overcome. Having come straight from Australia, Ben had no time to pick up any lessons or study beforehand, and it was lucky for him that some of his academy mates were able to converse with him, and make life a little more welcoming for the Aussie expat. The academy held a unique element of unity, which is something Ben was grateful for. Having been baptised in a myriad of uncertainty and unfamiliarity, his teammates were all very understanding of Ben’s disposition. Fortunately, private tutoring helped him to pick up the language and he was able to adapt to his surroundings a little more.I shifted the conversation slightly, and asked Ben “¿Todavía entiendes español?” (Do you still understand Spanish?)As it turns out his Spanish is still very good, we had a short exchange in another language. It’s almost funny how language, like sport, has the power to unite people.On the tactical side of things, Ben needed some time to adjust to the Spanish way of football. Stylistically, it flows much quicker, players are required to control the ball the same way in any scenario. The pace is highlighted by the understanding of both the system that was implemented and the players to execute the plan, regardless of their position or physical ability. “I felt like a fish out of water, at first not knowing much Spanish, then having to try and fit into a new team culture and system. “It took me a while to get used to, training up to 5 times a week doing tactics, drills, running and game play all on different days, as well as match days. There was no resting, or time to absorb the local culture when I first got there.”His teammates and opposition came from reaches around the world, however Ben humbly expressed how well he performed against some players that had taken to the international stage. “There were some internationally capped players, one in particular from the Republic of Congo who had a lot of fanfare about him. I marked on him for a game, and I almost had a laugh to myself about how this kid from Clifton Hill was playing against an international youngster, and did a pretty damn good job too.”Ben’s time with the academy was slowly coming to an end, and he was under the impression he would be jetting back to Australia with some overseas experience under his belt. As football takes its twists and turns, it was around the same time former Copa del Rey runners up Getafe CF came knocking.His parents joined him in Madrid for a few days, unbeknownst to all that he was about to be offered a 2 year contract with the La Liga outfit that same week. He signed a 2 year senior contract on the day of his late uncle’s birthday, which struck an emotional chord for him as his uncle was a passionate sports fan.”It felt like a dream, I had my parents in Spain with me, I got a shirt with my name on it, I couldn’t really believe this was happening for me. It felt like such a huge shift from the state leagues in Victoria to be training in Spain, then signing for Getafe.”From his academy and his roommates, he was thrust into his first professional environment at Getafe. He details the things that made it feel like the dream had become reality.”It’s the things like walking through the change room, getting treated by first team medical staff, stuff like that which makes you feel like you’re a part of something big.”We trained on top of the hill at the training grounds, and down below you could often see the first team training. Sometimes we’d be lucky to finish early and watch them train, and it was like nothing I’ve ever seen before. “They’d come up to us later, knowing we were the reserves and take time to say hello and get to know us a little bit.”As most footballing careers sound dreamy, this is where the hard yards kicked in for Ben.Unlike his time at the academy, Getafe is a professional outfit and the expectations were much higher. In terms of the team chemistry, Ben recalls it being a much harsher environment than his academy teammates. “It was much harsher. They weren’t exclusive or anything, but there’s this element of competition for places because for these guys, it was their career they’d worked hard for, or it was their means of making a living. They weren’t going to give up their spot without a fight.”As for many La Liga sides, their reserves play in lower tiers of the Spanish football pyramid. Ben tried as he might to get into the first team but stumbling blocks along the way slowly dissolved his love for the game. The difference in the culture and environment was easily the biggest difference, despite the academy and Getafe both being based in Madrid. The weight of expectation slowly began to play on his mental health. He credits his relationship at the time being one of the stable elements of his life during his footballing career. “This is the main reason I wanted to get my story out there. I didn’t realise until later on how much this was playing on my mental health. I was anxious, had bouts of depression because week in, week out you’re pouring in your blood, sweat and tears, only to find out you weren’t on the team sheet. But you’d do it all again the following week.”I played a few minutes in a game, maybe once a month if I was lucky. It was so tough, putting in all this effort for the chance to be involved. My girlfriend at the time was probably the best thing about my life. She was able to help me through some of the feelings and emotions I’d gone through, and if it wasn’t for her I probably would’ve had some sort of break down or gone home earlier, who knows.”It was an injury that lead to Ben questioning his future. A hamstring injury put him out for the better part of a few weeks, in which time he could finally relax and enjoy his surroundings, something he had lacked while living the tough life of a professional athlete. “The physio spoke English and she was really nice, it felt good getting treated by the first team doctors and being around the first team facilities. I wasn’t training for a while, so I got to go out and experience the city a little more.”I was wearing my Getafe tracksuit, and an older man saw me in the street, and he was thrilled to meet me. He asked how my leg was, said that I’ve got some talent and he can’t wait to see me play. It’s those sorts of moments that take away the hard yards a little bit and make you feel like a pro.”Ben made the most of his injury and took his first trip back home to Melbourne since leaving for the academy. Spending time in the unforgiving but glorious Australian summer, he realised what was most important to him, which was taking care of his mental health and spending time with his loved ones.”I simply couldn’t do that if I were to pursue being a footballer abroad. My mental health was suffering, and I didn’t realise until I’d spent time with family and realised what I was missing back home.”I went back to Madrid soon after and the manager agreed to let me go out on loan, but my mind was decided. I was ready to return home. My experiences were amazing, and I’m forever grateful for them, but evaluating what I truly believe to be best was to be back home.”After a long and arduous 2 years in Madrid, Ben finally returned to Melbourne. His life and career experiences have helped to shape him as a mentor as he manages Manningham’s under 16 side in the state leagues of Victoria, the same leagues he once played in at a similar age.”These days I love coaching and developing the next wave of players. Given my experience in Spain, I can play that big brother role for some of these younger guys, telling them what it takes to play in Europe and helping them to be the best they can be.”These days, Ben works in the family’s business of a winery, while continuing to manage and be involved in football at a coaching level. He hopes to one day move up in Victoria’s footballing world as a manager, but for now he’s content with life, and continues practicing his Spanish.Que viva la vida. TagsTransfersOpinionAbout the authorChris SermenoShare the loveHave your say
TORONTO – Freedom Mobile will begin taking orders for the Apple iPhone X and iPhone 8 models starting Friday, with the smartphones in its stores on Dec. 8.While that’s more than a month after Canada’s three national wireless carriers began selling the iPhone X, it will be the first time Freedom Mobile has a full roster of Apple smartphones to offer its customers.The wireless arm of Calgary-based Shaw Communications Inc. (TSX:SJR.B) had previously been shut out of the Apple market because of limitations of its network technology.The company said Wednesday that it expects network enhancements to be completed by early December in Western Canada and early 2018 in the rest of Freedom Mobile’s area — primarily Ontario.Analyst Drew McReynolds of RBC Dominion Securities writes that having the iPhone ahead of the holiday period is an “incremental positive” for Shaw and Freedom Mobile and sets the stage for a more competitive market.Freedom’s iPhone X promotional pricing is “more aggressive than what we would have anticipated at this time” but availability and conditions attached to pre-launch pricing, such as high service fees, could “dampen” demand, McReynolds wrote.Formerly called Wind Mobile, Freedom is offering promotional pricing for orders placed by Nov. 30, subject to change or cancellation without notice and with certain conditions.For example, the three newest iPhone models could cost $0 if bundled with activation of a new service and a 24-month service agreement, where available. The cost of the qualifying service agreement varies by phone model.McReynolds said that profit margins for all the carriers could be affected by the cost of acquiring new customers and retaining existing customers but he believes the overall impact for incumbents “should remain manageable”.Note to readers: This is a corrected story. An earlier version said Freedom’s announcement was before the three national carriers, rather than after them.